Need a delightful detox from those holiday festivities? Unlike your typical green concoction, this coconut mango smoothie offers both nutrition AND indulgence. But of course, it can be modified to suit the ingredients you have on hand and your current virtuous cravings. See my suggestions in the options below.
This coconut mango smoothie recipe was created by registered dietitian nutritionist and mom of three, Frances Largeman-Roth, and shared with us by the National Mango Board. Though you may have written mangoes off as out of season, there are actually different varieties available throughout the year – see this cool reference on mango varieties and availability. And even if you can’t locate ripe, fresh mangoes at your grocer, the frozen chunks will work as a cool and creamy substitute in this banana-free smoothie.
As for the detoxing factor, this coconut mango smoothie is bursting with antioxidants and dozens of vitamins and minerals from the lime and mango. “My family loves the tropical flavor of mango and its vibrant orange color. And as a nutritionist, I love that one serving of mango delivers 100% of your daily vitamin C.”, say Frances.
Plus, turmeric is touted for its anti-inflammatory effects (if you can tolerate it in your sip, a dash of black pepper will boost its potency) and there are health claims that the medium chain triglycerides (fats) in coconut butter are more readily converted into energy. Nonetheless, if this addition is too rich for your diet, I’ve included some options below.
Special Diet Notes & Options: Coconut Mango Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, added sugar-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and (whew!) paleo.
Coconut Butter Alternatives: If you simply want to lower the fats in this coconut mango smoothie, you can reduce the coconut butter in half, substitute it with a creamy nut butter (cashew butter should go nicely), or swap in light or full-fat canned coconut milk to keep some of the richness, but lower the calories.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour into two glasses, over additional ice if desired.